Grid 2

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Grid 2
Grid 2 cover.jpg
Developer(s) Codemasters
Publisher(s) Codemasters
Feral Interactive (OS X)[1]
Series TOCA
Engine EGO 3.0
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, OS X
Release Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
  • NA: 28 May 2013
  • AU: 30 May 2013
  • EU: 31 May 2013
OS X
  • WW: 25 September 2014
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Grid 2 is a racing video game developed and published by Codemasters for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.[2] It is the eighth game in the TOCA series. On 25 September 2014, Feral Interactive released the Reloaded Edition for OS X.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

The game includes numerous real world locations and cities such as Paris. It also includes motor vehicles spanning four decades. In addition, it includes a new handling system that developer Codemasters has dubbed 'TrueFeel', which aims to hit a sweet spot between realism and accessibility. Races do not include a first person cockpit view.[3] The popular gamemode "Drift" was shown in a gameplay preview by Codemasters.

Drivers are given certain cars before some race modes, and can unlock others through other vehicle challenges. Car liveries can be customised by the player, using preset graphic designs adapted with colours or varying shades.

World Series Racing[edit]

World Series Racing (WSR) is a highly competitive racing event that races on various tracks on various continents around the globe. It also features a mode called "LiveRoutes" where the circuit track dynamically changes with no track map. It features race types including Race, Time Attack, Drift, Eliminator, Checkpoint, Touge, and Vehicle Challenges.

A player assumes the role of a new driver who is enlisted by Patrick Callahan, an investor, to help launch the WSR by challenging drivers of racing clubs. Winning races against drivers in established clubs in North America, Europe and Asia gains more fans for the series, and leads to drivers from those clubs agreeing to join the WSR.

Marketing[edit]

In May 2013 Codemasters announced that there would be a single £125,000 special edition release of the game which includes a BAC Mono supercar featuring a Grid themed paint job and a tour of the BAC factory.[4]

On 30 November 2013, Sony Computer Entertainment America announced that Grid 2 would be entered in the Instant Game Collection of Playstation Plus so it would be free for the month of December. It began on 3 December 2013. On 1 May 2016, the game was available free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers through the Games with Gold feature.

Grid 2 also sponsored Matt Kenseth's #18 GameStop Toyota during a NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Dover International Speedway.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PC) 81.88%[5]
(PS3) 80.96%[6]
(X360) 78.79%[7]
Metacritic (PS3) 82/100[8]
(PC) 80/100[9]
(X360) 78/100[10]
Review score
Publication Score
Joystiq 3/5 stars[11]

Grid 2 received generally positive reviews from critics following its release. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PC version 81.88% and 80/100,[5][9] the PlayStation 3 version 80.96% and 82/100[6][8] and the Xbox 360 version 78.79% and 78/100 respectively.[7][10]

Sequel[edit]

On 17 April 2014, Codemasters released a teaser video suggesting a new game in the Grid series.[12] On 22 April 2014 Codemasters officially announced a sequel, titled Grid Autosport.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "GRID 2 Reloaded Edition Rolls Out September 25". Inside Mac Games. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Race Returns in 2013". Codemasters. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Welsh, Oli. "Grid 2 Preview: No Assists Please, We're British". EuroGamer.net. EuroGamer.net. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  4. ^ McElroy, Griffin (24 May 2013). "Grid 2 getting a single £125K special edition, includes an actual race car". Polygon. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Grid 2 for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Grid 2 for PlayStation 3". GameRankings. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Grid 2 for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Grid 2 for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Grid 2 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Grid 2 for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Mallory, Jordan (28 May 2013). "Grid 2 review: DNF". Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Good, Owen (20 April 2014). "Teaser video suggests Grid sequel announcement on Tuesday". Polygon. Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "GRID Autosport Announcement". YouTube. 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2016-09-21. 

Bibliography[edit]

  1. Kato, Matthew (8 August 2012). "Grid 2". Game Informer. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  2. Robinson, Martin (3 August 2012). "Grid 2 teased by Codies". Eurogamer. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  3. Dale, Alex (8 August 2012). "GRID 2: The sequel's finally confirmed - first play, first details". Computer and Video Games. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  4. Brown, Nathan (8 August 2012). "Grid 2 announced". Edge Magazine. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  5. Boxer, Steve (8 August 2012). "Grid 2 – hands-on preview". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  6. Stuart, Keith (8 August 2012). "GRID 2 announced at last". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  7. Krupa, Daniel (3 August 2012). "Codemasters Teases Grid 2". IGN. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  8. Gera, Emily (8 August 2012). "'Grid 2' officially announced with debut trailer". The Verge. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  9. de Matos, Xav (3 August 2012). "Grid 2 announcement teased". Joystiq. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  10. Walton, Mark (8 August 2012). "Grid 2: Street Racing For The COD Addicted". Gamespot. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  11. Kamen, Matt (8 August 2012). "Grid 2: On the Right Track". IGN. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  12. Welsh, Oli (8 August 2012). "Grid 2 Preview: No Assists Please, We're British". Eurogamer. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  13. Bramwell, Tom (8 August 2012). "Codemasters responds to criticism about loss of in-car view in Grid 2". Eurogamer. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  14. Yin-Poole, Wesley (8 August 2012). "Grid 2 announced with debut trailer and screenshots". Eurogamer. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 

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